Aamir Ambles Into Islamabad Quarter-Finals

2 Mar 05

Pakistani qualifier Aamir Atlas Khan, a 14-year-old nephew of the legendary Jansher Khan, caused the biggest upset on the opening day's play in the COAS International when he defeated Egypt's experienced fifth seed Mohamed Essam A Hafiz 11-6 8-11 11-5 3-11 11-10 in 40 minutes in Islamabad.

Winner of the Asian junior title in January, Khan will now face England's top seed Adrian Grant for a place in the semi-finals of this established $25,000 PSA Tour event in Pakistan. Grant came back from a game down against Ritwik Bhattacharya to beat the Indian qualifier 5-11 11-7 11-6 11-9.

England's unseeded Alex Stait also pulled off a five-game upset to take an unexpected quarter-final place. The 25-year-old from Gloucestershire overcame a two-game deficit to beat Pakistan's seventh seed Majid Khan 4-11 7-11 11-5 11-10 11-8 in 50 minutes. He meets another Pakistani in the last eight, third seed Shahid Zaman who beat cousin Farrukh Zaman 11-7 11-9 6-11 11-7.

1st round:
[1] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [Q] Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND) 5-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (36m)
[Q] Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK) bt [5] Mohamed Essam A Hafiz (EGY) 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 3-11, 11-10 (40m)
[3] Shahid Zaman (PAK) bt [Q] Farrukh Zaman (PAK) 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7 (35m)
Alex Stait (ENG) bt [7] Majid Khan (PAK) 4-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-10, 11-8 (50m)
Shamsul Islam Khan (PAK) bt [8] Arshad Iqbal Burki (PAK) 11-5, 11-9, 11-9 (17m)
[4] Mansoor Zaman (PAK) bt [Q] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) 11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 11-9 (26m)
[6] Joey Barrington (ENG) bt Saeed Hassan (PAK) 11-7, 11-9, 10-11, 10-11, 11-5 (69m)
[2] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt Yasir Butt (PAK) 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 (18m)